Vikings’ Jerick McKinnon Seeks Bigger Role

It sounds like Jerick McKinnon is ready to move on from the Vikings. On the verge of free agency, running back says he wants to be a team’s top ball carrier in 2018. Jerick McKinnon (vertical)

I want bigger and better things for myself,” McKinnon said (Twitter link via Chris Hine of the Star Tribune). “We’ll see what happens.”

McKinnon was hoping to step into a more prominent role after the departure of Adrian Peterson, but he found himself third on the depth chart this year after the team signed Latavius Murray in free agency and drafted Dalvin Cook in the second round. Although Cook was knocked out of action with a torn ACL in Week 4, McKinnon still spent the bulk of the year as a change-of-pace back behind Murray.

This year, McKinnon demonstrated his value as a pass-catching back, posting a career high 51 catches and 421 receiving yards. In short spurts, he also showed what he can do between the tackles. McKinnon ran for 40 yards off of ten carries against the Eagles in Sunday’s loss, good for an average of 4.0 yards per carry against the league’s best run defense. He also managed 96 yards off of 16 carries in the team’s first game without Cook.

It’s possible that Pat Shurmur could bring McKinnon with him to the Giants. The two have a strong working relationship and the G-Men are in desperate need of a running game overhaul.


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5 comments on “Vikings’ Jerick McKinnon Seeks Bigger Role

  1. jacobsigel1025

    Seattle, Giants, San Fran (Hyde fa), Browns (Crowell fa), Washington, Colts all could use him

    • Michael Chaney

      The Browns have Duke Johnson though, and he does most of what McKinnon can do (just better). I agree they need a new running back whether Crowell comes back or not, but it has to be more of an every-down guy.

  2. RockHard

    He’s a decent backup. No team wants to go into the season counting on him to shoulder a big load though. He’s dime a dozen, and will be lucky to still be in the NFL in 2-3 years.

  3. balloonknots

    He a good rb for today’s game as a change of pace back with third down role added value.
    I say he is good back today for 12-15 touches a game but not a workhorse type

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